Inuit art up for bid at Canadian auction

Parr (1893-1969) m. Printmaker: Lukta Qiatsuq (1928-2004) m., Cape Dorset , Men Pulling a Walrus, 1964 #60, stonecut, 41/50, 12.75 x 23 in, 32.3 x 58.4 cm sight, 21 x 31 in, 53.3 x 78.7 cm framed Est. $2,500/3,500 Image: Walkers AuctionsWalker’s Auctions, one of Canada’s major auction houses, is hosting an Inuit and First Nation auction tonight.

The auction catalogue says some of the works are from the personal collection of William Larmour, who once worked for Canada’s then-named Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources in the 1950s.

The works going on the auction block are from all over the Canadian Arctic including well known art hubs like Cape Dorset and Baker Lake in Nunavut and communities in Nunavik, the predominantly Inuit region in northern Quebec.

Even if you’re not in Ottawa, Canada for the auction, it’s well-worth looking through the auction catalougue just to get a feel for prints and sculptures produced in Canada’s North. There’s early prints by reknowned Inuit artists Kenojuak Ashevak and Parr, (who used one name), both from Cape Dorset and also more modern works like sculptures by Jutai Toonoo.

To look through the catalogue (PDF), click here

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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